MICHELLE WALLING, CHLC: “The Final Return To The Matrix”

Whirlwind Matrix

Many people have had the taste of what the joy and peace of 5d is like, and have had one foot in 5d while holding the other in 3d.  However, some may find themselves being drawn back to 3d for a short period of time.  Why on Earth would you ever want to re-enter the matrix after having a taste of the good life?  If you have been struggling outside of the matrix, this may be one of the most important articles you can read right now.

We are all doing the best we can in this tumultuous time of change that has long been foretold of.  While watching so many people fall into dire straits, we continue to do our “work” on ourselves and try to act by the Golden Rule.  If you’re like me, you have recently realized that you have had to fling yourself back into the matrix for a short period of time in order to tie up some loose ends.  The trick to navigating this life is to use the matrix for what you need it for while striving towards a complete dissolution of what is not serving humanity.

If this happened to you, I am here to assure you that you have not regressed yourself out of ascension.  Walking back in 3d feels like crawling through thick, black sludge.  After it is all said and done it is actually a great step toward progression.  Some people have found themselves struggling to exist outside of the matrix, which is ironic because if you are suffering then it makes it hard to reach the 5d energies.  There seems to be a prompting at this time on a subconscious level to take care of the things that we have not wanted to face or have been putting off, hoping for a great change to happen outside in the “real” world.

Lately I have talked to people that have been intrepid or undecided about certain monetary or life decisions because of the prophesized ascension future.  Have you kept your money out of the bank because of the discussions about the financial collapse?  Have you decided not to file tax returns because you know there is no law requiring it?  Maybe you hoped property taxes would just go away?  Have you put off selling a house because your retirement investment is better off in real estate than in the bank?

By making one or many of these choices, we can become limited in the way that we can move through the maze of the matrix.  In fact, it can actually drag us down into depression or hardship if we refuse to work in the matrix or use the monetary system.  While it is admirable for those who want to live off of the grid and grow their own food, the reality for most people is that in order to focus on their spiritual growth they require organic grocery stores, air conditioning, and modern day conveniences like hot running water and dishwashers.

For one example, if you have all of your money under your mattress instead of in the bank, it may be hard to rent a house or apartment to put a roof over your head because the system is set up to make sure you have either proof of income or enough funds in the bank to cover your lease.  If you don’t already own a house and you don’t have proof of income, it becomes extremely hard to provide a roof over your head for you or your family.  If you have a house that has been weighing you down  or you have felt like it is time for a change of cities, you may have worked yourself into a problem.  You may have to put some of your money back into the bank in order to use the system without being in fear of your government stealing your money.  It is my opinion that it is certainly acceptable at this time to have a portion of your funds in a bank account tied to autopaying your bills.  If using an automated system takes your mind off of the matrix long enough to enjoy the now moment, it’s well worth it.  After all, if the system crashes we will all be screwed together for a short period of time.

Another example is the notion that we should all revert to living like Survivorman.  As a human on Earth in the year 2017, we all deserve abundance and convenience if we choose it.  After all, many of us are used to replicators in our fancy spaceships.  You can certainly make the choice to do the best you can with the world we live in.  Things haven’t changed overnight and for the time being, you can only do what makes you the happiest so that you can focus on your responsibilities and life purpose.  If you have been feeling pressured to move off the grid and revert to living in the 1800’s, you can take a deep breath and live with what feels right to you and what will make you most comfortable while being as environmentally and socially responsible as possible without suffering.  What I have decided is that I did not come here to starve to death in case of the trucks not delivering to the grocery stores, but I also did not come here to become a farmer.  Personally I have decided that if there is a permanent break in the food chain I will be done with my life here on this planet and will return to whence I came.  With this being said, I do have a month’s worth of survival food to keep me comfortable or to barter with.  Past that, I will decide whether or not to continue.  My point is that to not plan for the future out of fear.  I began prepping in 2012 and have thrown away hundreds of dollars of expired foods I kept for survival.

While it may seem like you are going against the rules of “where your attention goes, energy flows”, lowering yourself back down into the matrix in order to provide for your basic needs or to clear up hauntings of the past will actually propel you further into your highest probable future timeline.  It really does help you to be in the “now” moment, not tied down to the past or worried about the future, even if it is still within the matrix.  We are here to shift 3d from the lowest part of the base upward, and in order to do that we needed to know what it felt like to be free for a while.  Now with a higher consciousness and more patience, we are able to tackle the things that we have put off that deal with households, legalities, and finance.

These include:

Going through your material items and lightening your load.

Give them to charity to be re-purposed or throw some things away.  Yes, it is ok to contribute to the landfill one last time.  You are going to change the way you buy material items in the future to where you are not so careless, to where you will never contribute to the trash like you did before.

Selling a house or moving to a new city.

You may have been one who put off listing your house for fear of what the markets will do.  Or perhaps you didn’t want to take a loss and thought you would wait for the markets to go back up.  If this is weighing you down tremendously, it is best to free yourself of it now and live for today, not for the future.  Also, don’t live for someone else’s needs or material attachments.

Changing jobs, even if it is taking a job in a matrix industry.

As long as you are not harming the planet or others, there are ways to remove the negative energy psychologically tied to money or a particular industry as well as ways to bring light into the industry by immersing yourself into it.  At the current time, we use money as our exchange method and we can focus on weaning ourselves to something else but we still have to eat and have a roof over our heads in order to positively contribute to the collective consciousness.  If you do not have a job and you are unhappy or if you have a job and you don’t like it, it’s up to you to do something about it.  If you need to temporarily take a job inside of the matrix system, do not feel guilty or unsuccessful spiritually.  More than likely it will only be a temporary means of support that will open the door to something better.  The key is to be happy in what you do for an energy exchange.

Taking breaks from relationships so each person can work on themselves (or some of these issues mentioned) or starting a new relationship.

People change, vibrations change.  Sometimes we need some time alone or a change of pace in order to make a relationship flourish again.  Some people are releasing one relationship which opens the door for a better match.  The legalities of divorce are horrible but once it is all over with it is very freeing and you realize how marriage was one big legal control to begin with.  You learn to make different choices in the future that allow for growth between two people.

Finishing up multiple projects in order to focus on one or two instead of too many.

Who has a list a mile ling of things to do?  Now is the time to prioritize the ones that you have been dreading so that you can give your time to those that will help you move towards a better future.

Taking a rest from the alternative media overload.

It is very likely at this time that many people are on brain overload and just need to STOP listening to everything and go inside for deep communion with the higher self.  Take at a few days off of the internet or maybe even a week’s break of not thinking about anything metaphysical, truthseeking, or spiritual at all.  Yes, you read that right.  Try it see how it makes you feel.  Go camping or immerse yourself in a 3d movie (a comedy, love story or something light hearted…..and go ahead and CRY if you feel like it!).

Upon learning that all comes from the one infinite source, realizing the need to stop invocating protection in substitution for owning the light and darkness within you.

Transmutation vs. avoidance right now is the key.  Face your darkest fears and see how liberating it leaves you.  Saying that you need protection shows that you are not standing in your sovereignty as a co creator of this reality.

Joining in 3d community with the “asleep” ones in order to share your vibration.

This means no longer being a hermit for fear of others bringing you down.  You’ve had long enough to prepare yourself and now your light and vibration is needed.  You are the “boots on the ground”.

Eating ice cream every now and then or your favorite treat!

In moderation, and organic if possible.  It won’t kill you as there are many other worse things on the planet designed for killing humanity.  We are also here to LIVE AS A HUMAN BEING and to enjoy what this lifetime has to experience.  Sometimes we have to just throw out the rules for a moment and live like a kid again.

This may be seen as the final return into the 3d matrix in order to prepare for your new role after the long awaited “event” occurs.  Everyone wants to know what the event is and when it will occur.  In my opinion it will happen when we make it happen.  It will happen when we do all of the rest of the work necessary in our lives to free us up for being able to do our new job. In other words, how many of you could pick up and relocate on a moment’s notice in order to serve?

That may be a little drastic as an example, but the point is that many people have so many threads tying them down that it has just become too overwhelming to begin to work on it and they have been waiting for a miracle to occur in order to free them.  Miracles are real, but they can’t occur if we are blocking them.  Also remember not everything in the matrix is out to get you.  Taking care of your past commitments allows you to be more focused on your NOW, which will open portals for higher levels of connection.

Now is the time to take care of your responsibilities.  While it may take some blood, sweat, and tears now, you’ll feel much lighter in the end and will be ready for anything the Universe calls you to do. Many of us have no idea what we are really clearing on a multidimensional level when we roll up our sleeves and get to work in our 3d illusion.  If you are one who is not suffering outside of the matrix then I encourage you to keep on shining.  For those who have to dig deeper and darker, know that it’s o.k. to open the 3d closet to re-visit your skeletons for good.  Let’s hope this is the last return, and collectively if we all take care of our responsibilities once and for all, we can continue to move forward at a faster pace.

 

 

About the author:
Michelle WallingMichelle Walling, CHLC is a Holistic Life Coach, international public speaker, writer, webmaster, and radio show host. In 2013, Michelle started her public career as a spiritual, metaphysical, and esoteric contributing writer for In5d.com and bodymindsoulspirit.com. Michelle is the creator and webmaster for MichelleWalling.com,cosmicstarseeds.comthestarchildren.net, andhowtoexitthematrix.com, and is the co-creator for WooWoo Media.com. Michelle is the host of In5d’s Cosmic Awakening Show and In5d Network.
Her personal Facebook page can be found here.  via HowToExitTheMatrix.com

 

 

GREGG PRESCOTT, M.S.: “Remind Me Again, Why Did I Incarnate Into This Sh*thole?”

Remind Me Again Why Did I Incarnate Into This Shithole

Did you ever wonder why you decided to incarnate into these lower vibrations of the third density?

When we were back on the other side with Source, life seemed so easy.  We had the answers to all universal questions and lived in the complete vibration of love.  There was no dissension, hatred, ego, or financial concerns, just love.

After many years of being in this vibration, you forgot what it was like to live in a 3rd dimensional vibration, yet you were fortunate enough to have been here in at least one other previous incarnation and you remembered how your spiritual progression was raised exponentially by being in a world full of duality.

You swore to yourself that this time, you would not allow the lower third dimensional vibrations to bring you down. You planned on bringing back the vibration of love with you to this planet, but your memories of being with Source were once again wiped from your immediate memories as the 3rd dimensional brainwashing began, yet again.

From birth, you were indoctrinated into a system that promotes subservience, control, and conformity.  You always felt cognitive dissonance over this but weren’t sure why.  It seemed like everybody else was conforming to this system and this is the way it is supposed to be.

You attended school and sometimes caught yourself daydreaming as if your higher self was telling you, “A formal education is not what is important in life.”

As a child, you were taught how to play sports and learned aggressive, self-serving behaviors that only reinforced the divide and conquer mentality that is forced upon us by our societal expectations.

You were pacified with mundane television programs that not only took you further away from who truly are, but helped to influence what you thought, wore, ate, drank, etc..

As you grew older, you started to discover how corrupt this system has become on Earth, not only in your home country, but all over this planet.  You begin to seek answers to questions that are not taught in school, such as “What is the origin of human existence?” and “Why are there so many opposing religions when there is only one Source?”

You become trapped in a system that relies on monetary success in order to survive, making you an economic slave to the few that control the many. Unknowingly, you become part of that system.

So, why did I decide to incarnate to this shithole?

Every one of these situations gave you a chance to learn and grow spiritually.  For a while, you simply forgot how these challenges would benefit you. You knew that at some point in this incarnation, you would awaken to find your true self along with your purpose for being here.

It seemed so easy when you were on the other side with Source.  You wanted to make millions of soul contracts because they all seemed so easy to achieve while you are in the presence of Source. Instead, you listened to Source and ended up making thousands of soul contracts, which all seemed achievable in this lifetime.

Some of these soul contracts involved people who you would only meet for a brief minute, but somehow, they changed your life, or you changed theirs.  They helped to lead you back to your path of enlightenment, or vice-versa.

While you may never personally know these people, you were best friends with them when you were back with Source.

Remind Me Again, Why did I Incarnate to this Sh*thole?Did you ever see someone for the first time and just know that you’ve known this person from somewhere?  Chances are, you did know this person when you were back with Source.

You also wanted to come back to be part of the Great Awakening and the Shift in Consciousness.  We are at a point in time where our planet is completing a 26,000 year cycle called the precession of the equinoxes.  We are also at the end of a greater cycle in which our solar system has completed it revolution around its own sun in Sirius.  You said to yourself, “There is no way I’m gonna miss out on this!”  Besides, you forgot what it was like to experience duality and polarity.

In the end, this shithole has been an amazing experienced filled with an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth.  If you willingly decide to come back here in another incarnation, look for this article!

Remember this: YOU are the light at the end of the tunnel!

 

About the author:

Gregg Prescott, M.S. is the founder and editor of In5D and BodyMindSoulSpirit. You can find his In5D Radio shows on the In5D Youtube channel. He is also a transformational speaker and promotes spiritual, metaphysical and esoteric conferences in the United States through In5dEventsGregg Prescott, M.S. is the founder and editor of In5D and BodyMindSoulSpirit. You can find his In5D Radio shows on the In5D Youtube channel. He is also a transformational speaker and promotes spiritual, metaphysical and esoteric conferences in the United States through In5dEvents. His love and faith for humanity motivates him to work in humanity’s best interests 12-15+ hours a day, 365 days a year. Please like and follow In5D on Facebook as well as BodyMindSoulSpirit on Facebook! ~via In5D.com

 

 

AMINA RODRIGUEZ: “The Treasure Within You”

Treasure On The Shore

“True joy comes with knowing who we truly are.  True peace comes with knowing who you truly are.  All answers lie in knowing thyself, and then the ego wants to identify with that knowing as well.  It’s like a little game you play, catching it and reprogramming it.”  

~Amina Rodriguez

 

The treasure you seek lies within you.  You just have to dig a little, patiently brushing the dust off some things within yourself and then all of a sudden there it is.  The genuine gem of what you actually are suddenly becomes clear to you and then that is when all the treasures within you truly begin to manifest outwardly into your life.  And that was just the beginning; you are infinite potential only limited by your own mind.  This is the purpose of meditation and what it means to find yourself and your own truth.  There is no judgement for not having some particular formal method of meditation in your life.  You do what you can and when you can, whatever leads you within in any way that brings you joy and peace.

We are all our own best gurus.  We can always use the guidance of teachers.  But throughout our lives we are all both students and teachers and we eventually become our own greatest teachers.  Our hearts and our minds in balance generate a genuine wisdom in our lives.  Knowledge of who we are and following our inner guidance system which is linked to all of nature will help us evolve.  Our bodies are already quite wise and if we take good care of them and give them the love, acceptance and care they need they will serve us well and assist with our inner development.  The human vehicle is highly intelligent and is highly obedient to the mind.  Which is why when we become conscious of our thoughts by being in the present always, so that our minds give the body and the universe the correct orders, everything changes.  This is why we go within, it’s not always easy but it is so worth it.

True joy comes with knowing who we truly are.  True peace comes with knowing who you truly are.  All answers lie in knowing thyself, and then the ego wants to identify with that knowing as well.  It’s like a little game you play, catching it and reprogramming it.  Teaching your ego not to hold on to ideas and conclusions of truth to give itself importance because eventually it becomes to you only just a tool you use like a computer.  But there is no need for self-judgement because this is simply part of being human and it is how we learn.  True intelligence comes from within you from our Source, not the brain or the ego; those are only tools assisting in the process of evolution.  Very useful but they are not who or what we are.  We are the Source that created them.  When you realize what you truly are you can barely contain your happiness.

Of course we will forget and remember and forget and remember once again until it finally sinks in and then we will forget less often and for shorter periods of time.  So we do whatever works in whatever way comes naturally.  This is my own experience and this writing is my own reminder.  Once you know deep within your cells as you spend time within yourself, it becomes easier to remember who and what you are regardless of surrounding circumstances.  This is the natural process of our human evolution, finding the treasure within us that will lead us to freedom.

 

 

~via In5D.com

JADE CHILDERS: “Letting Go Of Love”

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Once, a friend and I were meditating together on a hilltop.  During that meditation, we extended our love and compassion out to the whole world.  At the end of the session, my friend turned to me and asked, “Why do we reach our love out to everyone, instead of choosing who it should go to, like a family member who might need it most?”

Surely, the intention to bring love into a specific someone’s life will result in such.  But as we are spiritual seekers who are constantly questioning and digging deeper, it is beneficial for us to analyze our limitations caused by the biases patterned into our minds throughout our lives and to use this analysis as an opportunity to grow.

We are not omniscient beings.  We were physically born from a mother into a situation unique to us.  Some of us grew up with big families, and some of us grew up without any family.  Through the years, we’ve lived around certain people and picked up on certain things.  We passed certain people in the streets, made friends with certain people, fell in love with this person or that person.  Our experience with the world is uniquely our own, showing us only bits and pieces of infinite possibility.  The people we have met have been a very small fraction of all the people in the world.

Imagine what it would be like to live thousands of years.  Imagine that you have lived to see many generations come and go, have had many friends, held many lovers, and you now have a countless number of children and a countless number of acquaintances.  Imagine walking through a world in which you know that you, at some point in time, had met and gotten to know every single person that passed you by in the streets.  Such a world would seem so small, so personal!  Having lived so long, you would watch as many of your loved ones came and passed on from their life.  The love you had for each individual would no longer serve that individual, as that individual would no longer exist.  You would realize that certain loved ones will come and go, but people in general would stay constantly surrounding you.  If you again chose to direct your love towards another set of specific individuals, you would see the same results: these people would pass on, and the individualized love would pass on as well.

This need not be seen as a grave situation!  It is simply the inevitable, transient nature of life.  You cannot control who will stay or who will go in your life, but you can control how you expand from being closed to open, allowing love to flow through with fewer selfish restrictions.

We are here in our bodies now, but we are brief and passing.  If we can train our love to not be so confined — to instead be impartial, free, open, infinite — then we begin to notice a deep change in both ourselves and how the world reacts to us.  We start to see life in its more intrinsic form, a form that comes in many faces.  We start to see how we are all interconnected and how freely flowing love will draw in those who need to drink from it most.  Such is why we need not limit our kindness and love to the people we have grown closest to; it is not about who we change but about how we internally change ourselves — how we personally grow, how we learn to let go, and how we instead learn to let what is within shine unobstructedly through to the external, which will respond accordingly.

 

 

About the author: Jade Childers is a Reiki practitioner, meditator, intuitive healer, and voyager of the infinite internal. E-mail connections are welcome at mrsreviven@gmail.com.  ~via In5D.com

SAMUEL GENTOKU MCCREE: “20 Ways Sitting In Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life”

20 Ways Sitting In Silence Can Transform Your Life

“Silence is a source of great strength.”  ~Lao Tzu

 

For over two years I spent one out of every four weeks in silence.  At the time I was living at a Zen Monastery and every month we would have a week-long silent retreat.

During this retreat we sat meditation in silence, ate in silence, worked in silence, and only communicated through hand gestures and written notes.

At first living like this was hard, but over time I learned to grow to appreciate silence.  By the time I left I learned that silence was my friend and teacher.

What did silence teach me?

1. Satisfaction

I used to think I needed to watch TV every night.  But at monastery I went without and discovered I didn’t need it.

Silence taught me to be happy with less. 

Pick something that’s weighing you down and let it go.  Your life will thank you.

2. Expression

When you can only talk by writing a note, you only say what’s important.  Before the monastery I talked a lot but said little.

Silence taught me that a few simple words well spoken have more power than hours of chatter. 

Think of one simple thing you can say that would help someone feel better and say it.

3. Appreciation

Being able to speak makes life easy, but when I couldn’t talk I learned how much I relied on others.

Silence taught me to appreciate the value of relating to others.  

The next time you see your friends or family, try to really listen.  Deep listening expresses deep appreciation.

4. Attention

Several times at my first retreat I thought my phone was vibrating.  But then I would remember I didn’t have my phone.  It showed me how my phone divided my attention.

Silence taught me how important it is to let go of distractions. 

The next time you are with someone you care about, try turning off your phone and putting it away.  It will make paying attention easier.

5. Thoughts

I once sat a retreat next door to a construction project.  What amazed me was how easily my thoughts drowned out the noise.  I realized if my thoughts were this loud, I’d better make them as wise as possible.

Silence taught me the importance of shaping my thinking.

Take time each day to notice your thoughts and let go of thoughts that don’t serve you.

6. Nature

Because I sat retreat in every season, I know that the sound of wind in fall is different than it is in winter.

Silence taught me to notice nature.

Take a short walk outside in silence and you’ll discover the wisdom and peace that nature has to offer.

7. Body

During retreat I noticed that whenever I got lost in thought, I lost track of my body.  And when I focused on my body, my thoughts would calm down.

Silence taught me to be in my body. 

Close your eyes and ask, “What sensations do I feel in my hand?”  Learning to feel your body can calm your troubled mind.

8. Overstimulation

Whenever I went into town after retreat, the world seemed so loud and fast.  I came to realize how much our senses have to process most of the time.

Silence taught me the importance of reducing the stimulation. 

Enjoy some quiet time everyday.  The less you see and hear, the more settled your mind can become.

9. Sound

People would come to the monastery and remark how quiet it was.  But living at the monastery I knew all the noises, from frogs, to owls, to the sound of sandals on the sidewalk.

Silence taught me that the world is a rich texture of sounds. 

Sit in front of your house and close your eyes.  You’ll be amazed at what you hear if you listen long enough.

10. Humanity

During retreat I was surrounded by imperfect people who were doing their best.  Some were happy, some were sad, but all were wonderfully human.

Silence taught me that people display great beauty. 

Find a good spot to people watch with an open heart.  What you see may inspire you.

11. Space

For a long time anytime something difficult came up, I would just distract myself.  But retreat taught me that if I avoided something it would never go away.

Silence taught me that space helps me face hard times. 

The next time you face something difficult, pause and honor whatever is arising.

12. Love

I used to think love was this big thing.  But in retreat I found that I felt love for so many things.

Silence taught me that love can be simple. 

Think of someone you haven’t said I love you to recently and tell them.

13. Courage

I used to think courage was about facing danger, but during retreat I realized that real courage is about facing yourself.

Silence taught me the courage it takes to be still. 

When we stop moving everything we’re running from catches up.  The next time you are afraid, stop and wait for it to pass.  There is immense courage inside your heart.

14. Perseverance

Every retreat reminded me that speaking is easy, but staying quiet is hard.

Silence isn’t flashy, but it has an immense power to endure. 

The next time someone doubts you, instead of disagreeing, silently vow not to give up.  Action speaks volumes.

15. Faith

I often ask for reassurance or feedback.  But living is silence meant I had to trust my instincts.

Silence taught me to have faith in myself. 

The next time you begin to feel anxious, sit in silence and see if you can find the space of deep faith that lives in your heart.

16. Honesty

I used to lie so I wouldn’t have to explain myself.  But when I couldn’t talk I began to notice this impulse and how much it degraded my integrity.

Silence taught me the importance of telling the truth. 

Notice times where you tell little lies and try telling the truth instead.  It isn’t always easy but it’s the first step to trusting ourselves and others. 

17. Gratitude

During retreat I didn’t have a lot of comforts.  It helped me see how much I took for granted and how much I had to be grateful for.

At the end of every day sit in silence and ask yourself what am I grateful for. 

You’ll be amazed at the blessings you discover.

18. Simplicity

I used to love drama and conflict. But at retreat I found I was happier when I kept it simple.

Silence taught me that simplicity and joy are close companions. 

Pick one space in your home you could simplify.  Keep it simple for one month and enjoy the ease it offers your life.

19. Connection

I used to think I had to talk in order to feel connected.  I realized during retreat that I can feel connected just by being near people I care about.

Silence taught me that words can get in the way. 

Do something in silence with someone you love.  It will be awkward at first but eventually you will see what it means just to be in someone presence.

20. Truth

I studied philosophy in college and I thought I could read about truth.  But retreat taught me that truth is found in silence.

Silence has taught me a deeper truth than words ever could. 

Sit in silence once a week and feel the truth in your heart.  It’s there whether you can express it in words or not.

 

 

About the author: Samuel “Gentoku” McCree is a Mindful Fitness thought leader, personal trainer, and mindful living coach from Portland, OR. He trained for two years at a Zen monastery, is an endurance athlete, and founder of MindFitMove. You can find his blog and a free Ebook on Your Sexy Brain at mindfitmove.com.  ~via BodyMindSoulSpirit.com

 

KIMBERLY SNYDER: “The Amazing Healing Benefits of Gratitude”

Healing Benefits of Gratitude

If you’re alive and reading this, you have something to be grateful for.  That’s great news!  This post will give you support in practicing gratitude on a regular basis, so you can better heal yourself, while lowering stress and anxiety, enhancing your sleep, and improving your relationships.

The Healing Benefits of Gratitude

You may not realize that something as simple as expressing gratitude — something that costs nothing and takes very little time — can have such an impact on your health.   Yoga Masters have been teaching for centuries that gratitude is a key component of a happy, balanced and healthy life, but it’s nice to see that it’s in alignment with modern findings.  A comprehensive look at gratitude and its effects  [1]  showed that when you routinely appreciate others or even just the positive parts of your life, you can experience:

  —Less aggression  [2]

  —Heightened feelings of altruism, empathy, warmth, a greater desire to treat friends, family, and strangers with more kindness (you may even set off a chain of random acts of kindness!).  When someone does something nice for you, you’ll be inspired to pay it forward  [3]

  —Reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety, and more optimism  [4]

  —More trust in others 

  —Extra intrinsic motivation to do and achieve more  [5]

  —More satisfaction from relationships (romantic relationships also get a boost from gratitude!)  [6]

  —Better ability to deal with criticism/less sensitive to others’ negativity

  —Better sleep

  —Lowered likelihood of developing a drug or alcohol problem

  —Lowered risk of eating disorder (thanks to a healthier body image)

   —Quicker recovery from post-traumatic stress

The review suggests that there could actually be a causal relationship between gratitude and well-being.  That means increasing gratitude could directly enhance many different aspects of your life, most notably your health.  Could there be an easier, or more inexpensive way to enhance both your happiness and health?  (Okay, sometimes gratitude can be challenging when you’re feeling down — especially in the beginning–but with practice, it becomes much easier, I promise!)  Training yourself to think this way only takes a few minutes at a time, per day or even per week. Eventually, it will help shift your whole perspective on life in a much more positive way.

What Is Gratitude, Really?

That seems simple enough to answer, right?  You can feel gratitude when someone helps you out, but being thankful isn’t always related to another person.  Are you thankful for your warm clothes in the winter, even if you purchased them yourself?  What about your meals, even if you’re the one who has to prepare and cook them?

No matter what, you can focus more on the positive and choose to feel gratitude for anything, or anyone, at any time.  Once you get into the habit of consciously appreciating the positives around you, that attitude spreads over into the times when you aren’t actively practicing the feeling of thanks.  I do this when I walk down the street or wander into my backyard and gaze at the lemon tree.  I express gratitude every day for each and every unique, beautiful tree and plant I see.  I think we should all be more grateful for nature and her beauty every day!

Final note about the research. When comparing feelings of gratitude to other areas of the subjects’ lives in the studies, there were correlations between gratitude and:

  —Feelings of satisfaction with life in general

  —Feelings of living life to the fullest

  —More self-acceptance and personal growth 

  —A feeling of staying true to themselves

  —The belief that they have quality relationships in their lives

How to Practice This Universal Language

Learning to practice gratitude isn’t a long, drawn-out process.  You can start right now and begin noticing differences in how you feel and your outlook on life in just a few weeks, even if you’re not practicing daily.

Keep a gratitude journal.  At the end of the day or week, write down five things you’re grateful for.  This could be something as simple as being happy the weather was warm enough for you to hike before work earlier in the week or that your spouse did the dishes.  You can even be grateful for the lemons that you use to make your hot water with lemon in the morning, that fill you with beautifying vitamin C and enzymes!

Set an alarm on your phone that will go off periodically throughout the day.  Each time it goes off, stop to remind yourself of something you’re grateful for.

Don’t jump right out of bed at the sound of your morning alarm.  Take a minute to take a few deep breaths and think of a few things that you’re happy to have in your life or experience, whether it’s a beautiful sunrise or the warm blankets you have covering you.

Do something nice for someone else, family or stranger, even if it’s just giving them a compliment and thanking them for something they did.  Spreading joy and showing your appreciation for another human being not only brightens their mood, but yours, too!

Talk with your spouse or best friend at the end of the day about what you’re grateful for.  These daily talks are more interesting than asking if they took the trash out or fed the dog, and may open the door to strengthen your relationship, especially if you start naming things you’re grateful for in each other.

Leave little notes for yourself around the office or at home that remind you of the things you’re grateful for.  Running across those during a stressful moment could make you feel better.  Try sticking them on the top of your smoothie cup or one of the meals you’ve packed for the day.

Really think about what you’re thinking. No, that isn’t a typo.  Your thoughts affect your mood, and you’ll be happier if you’re thinking thoughts of gratitude!  When a negative thought crosses your mind (it happens to everyone, of course!), take a closer look at it.  Are you just feeling grumpy and turning your bad mood into one big growing ball of negativity?  Was your ego, the image and labels you hold about yourself, somehow wounded in some way?  Is there any truth in the thought that you can use to change your situation or use as a catalyst to turn your thought into something more positive?  Once you glean the useful bits from your negative thoughts, kick the rest and give your thoughts a more positive spin.  Here’s an example. Let’s say you tried something new and failed.  Instead of saying, “I’m a failure,” remind yourself that failing — sometimes multiple times — brings you closer to your goal.  It’s still progress and you can still learn from it.  And that’s something to be grateful for.

Tell someone that you appreciate them and why.  They’ll feel good, and so will you!

Start Today!

Use this today as a starting point for a lifetime of feelings of gratitude.  Your whole outlook on life will change once you give yourself that nudge, and you’ll feel better in so many different ways when you begin focusing on the positives.  Look at what you do have, be thankful, and strive to reach out to help other people and keep the goodwill going.

The goodness in your life will blossom in even more abundance as you do.

Now here’s my turn: I’m sending gratitude to YOU for being you and part of this wonderful community.

Love,

Kimberly

 

 

[References]:

[1] http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/pdfs/GratitudePDFs/2Wood-GratitudeWell-BeingReview.pdf
[2] http://spp.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/09/02/1948550611416675.abstract
[3] http://www.psy.miami.edu/faculty/mmccullough/Papers/Gratitude_CDPS_2008.pdf
http://www.socialemotions.org/page5/files/Bartlett.DeSteno.2006.pdf
[4] http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/Labs/emmons/PWT/index.cfm?Section=4
[5, 6] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01273.x/abstract

 

 

~Thanks to In5D.com – via KimberlySnyder.net

CHING HAI: “The Ego Separates Us From Our True Self”

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Wisdom is really important; and ego, we have to cut it.  The less ego, the better.  It is a pity because we don’t really need this ego.  The ‘I’ that knows everything already, the ‘I that is expert in this and specialist in that we don’t need all that.  Because if we don’t have them, then we are more smart.  We will become more intelligent, smarter, really.

The only reason I can do many things well and that everyone likes is because, perhaps, I have very little ego or none.  I keep checking myself to see if any ego pops up.  Perhaps the reason that your ego doesn’t go away is because you don’t have the chance to rub with other people, like no one checks you, no one fixes you; no one tells you what’s wrong with you because you don’t do anything with other people.  Or, you are in a very high position outside in the society, like you are a boss or some director, manager, whatever; you are the one who tells everyone what to do all the time, and no one ever talks back at you.  Also, sometimes even as a practitioner, you have no chance to be corrected by anyone else.  But don’t be offended; cut that ego off.  Okay?

It’s not enough that you meditate.  You’ve got to be exposed to many situations to grow up.  You have to go out and also react to the reality in order to have more intelligence.  Meditation helps also, but if you don’t have a chance to polish it, then it doesn’t work.

If anyone at all scolds you, or even wrongly accuses you, be thankful for that person.  That’s good for your humility, actually; and even if it’s not true, it’s also good for you.  At that time, you check yourself out and then you know how much ego you have.  If at that time you just still say, “Oh, I’m such a good person, why does he say like this and like this?”  And you complain all day, and then you’ll begin to hate that person, then still it’s no good.  Anyway, if someone corrects you in any way, that’s really good for you.  You learn from that mistake, and you become better and better.

No one is bad, just ego is bad.  Truly the egos is the worst enemy of everyone.  Many people like to keep it, that’s the problem.  If you listen to this ego too much, you forget your great Self, your intelligent Self, your wise wisdom Self.  That is the only problem.  It’s a pity if you keep listening to the ego, like you know too much and all that.  Then you don’t know your real Self.  The main problem is the ego separates us from our true Self, from the one who truly knows everything.  If we just think we know everything about this world, then we don’t know our Self.  That’s the greatest problem with the ego.

The ego is the greatest enemy.  Sometimes the ego destroys a marriage, destroys a relationship, destroys a friendship, destroys the love between mother and son, or father and daughter even, because the ego causes conflict all the time — doesn’t want to do anything that is pleasing to the mother or father or pleasing to the partner, just wants to do the thing that causes trouble.  Day after day like this, if a partner always causes trouble, then of course the relationship is broken.  You cannot remember anything but bad things about each other — bad souvenirs, bad happening, bad events, bad result — and never good.  So, of course the relationship cannot live this way, the marriage cannot continue.

This is just physically speaking.  Talking about the spiritual level, of course you’re even far away from your Self.  If you’re clinging to your worldly know-how a little bit, even if you don’t even know enough and you think you know a lot, and you just cling to that, then you don’t know your Self.  For example, if you have something in front of you, like even just a thin curtain, you cannot see yourself through the mirror.  But if that thin curtain falls down, then you can see yourself clearly.  This is the ego problem.  It just stands between people; it stands between your real Self and anything else that comes near you.  Then it makes everything damaged or ruined or distorted; it is not the real thing anymore.

It’s a pity.  This is not the thing we should keep.  It’s our enemy.  The little knowledge that we think we know — that is not our true knowledge.  The ego is really hard to get rid of, very, very hard; and it ruins many things in this world.  It causes war.  It causes enemies and hatred, and ruin of nations.  The people who have no ego never want to war with anyone because they can see through the uselessness of those things.  So, ego is the worst enemy of everyone in this world.

Animals, they don’t have ego.  True dogs, for example, don’t have any ego.  They are so pure, that’s why they can love you every minute.  Even if you just scold them, they come with wagging tail immediately, the moment you come and love them.  They never hold any hatred within their heart for a second.  You can see that.  So if you want to see the egoless being, look at the dog.  Truly it’s like that.

Most animals don’t have ego at all, until humans interfere and ruin their nature.  That’s the problem.  We humans not only ruin ourselves by our little so-called knowledge of the world, but we also ruin nature, and we also ruin animals.  We force them into crazy behavior.  I observed it all and I know it.  It’s the truth.  I’m not just telling it from books — it is truly like that.

 

 

~via HowToExitTheMatrix.com